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Cash Transfers in Adolescence: A Developmental Perspective

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and adolescent Early intervention Global child development Mental Health

Cash transfer programmes transfer cash to low-income households or individuals to expand social protection among the most vulnerable. Changes that happen during adolescence may impact whether or not a cash transfer programme is effective in encouraging certain behaviours.

New Research Group and PI in the Department of Psychiatry

Dr Sana Suri, DPhill and Alzheimer's Society Research Fellow has become a Principal Investigator and begun the Heart and Brain Group, this year.

Department of Psychiatry projects awarded Public Engagement Seed Funding

Two projects from the Department of Psychiatry have received funding in the latest round of the Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund for innovative projects to engage the public with medical research.

Ketamine Conference 2020

An international conference - Ketamine and Related Compounds for Psychiatric Disorders - will take place on 6-8 April 2020, in Oxford.

Teenage Brain Workshop

A new workshop aimed at young people to inspire them to learn more about the science of the brain has been designed as part of a large Wellcome funded research programme.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Professor Kia Nobre shares her experience of 'getting into science'. A cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the principles of the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain, Kia explains the fundamental importance of curiosity and science.

Department of Psychiatry Team Day – 23 January 2020

The department came together to share its latest research, updates and important news at the 2020 Team Away Day. Opening the event, Professor John Geddes, Head of Department, welcomed colleagues and shared his hopes and aspirations for the coming year.

Bioethics Game Launch - 27 January 2020

Bioethics Mental Health

NEUROSEC (Neuroscience, Ethics and Society) launches bioethics game about digital phenotyping and mental health. 'Tracing Tomorrow' is a digital game prototype which investigates young people's values and preferences in the context of digital phenotyping for mental health in schools.

The Global Brain Health Survey

The Lifebrain Consortium has launched the Global Brain Health Survey to learn about people's views on the brain.

Department of Psychiatry Public Engagement and Science Communications Award 2019

The joint winners of the department award for Public Engagement and Science Communications were announced at the department team away day in January 2020. The Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research (OxDARE) team and the My Resilience in Adolescence (MYRIAD) project team both presented excellent examples of public engagement.

New CE for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is to appoint Dr Nick Broughton to become its new chief executive when Stuart Bell CBE retires from the role after having completed 37 years' NHS service.

Lifetime suicide risk factors identified

Mental Health Suicide

A new review by researchers in the Department of Psychiatry of previous studies into suicide worldwide has highlighted the effects of individual and environmental risk factors over a lifetime.

Management of adolescent self-harm needed to reduce suicide risk

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and adolescent Self-harm Suicide

Children and adolescents who present to hospital following self-harm have an increased future risk of suicide compared with other children and adolescents, which may persist for several years, according to an observational study of more than 9,000 children and adolescents aged 10-18 years who presented to five English hospitals for non-fatal self-harm.

Mental Disorders Linked to Intimate Partner Violence

A new large-scale population-based study led by researchers from the University of Oxford investigated the link between nine major mental disorders and intimate partner violence perpetrated by men towards women.

Antipsychotic drugs ranked according to metabolic side effects for the first time

Analysis published in The Lancet Psychiatry has shown that there is significant difference in the way antipsychotic drugs affect body weight and levels of sugar, cholesterol and other fats in the blood.

Epilepsy Pathway Innovation in Africa

The NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme has awarded £4.9 million to help fund a project investigating epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Depression increases risk of HIV among South African teenage girls

Adolescent girls in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, especially Southern Africa, are at very high risk of developing HIV - by the time they reach adulthood, up to one in four* South African women will be HIV positive, and most are first infected during adolescence.

Oxford joins forces with the Palix Foundation to share knowledge about the brain and psychological science

Mental Health

The Palix Foundation has pledged £265,250 to support a cross-disciplinary project aimed at sharing scientific knowledge about early brain development and its effect on mental health and addiction. The project will be delivered by the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Experimental Psychology, and will unite Oxford and the foundation's shared vision of improving outcomes for children, their families and future generations.

New Oxford Brain Health Clinical Trials Unit Open

A new Clinical Trials Unit has opened within the Department of Psychiatry - the Oxford Brain Health Clinical Trials Unit - it is the only mental health-dedicated Clinical Trials Unit in the UK. It opened in September 2019 and has replaced the former Oxford Cognitive Health and Neuroscience Clinical Trials Unit.

65th President and Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the Department of Psychiatry, has been elected the 65th President and Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

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